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Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence
September 15, 2019 – January 12, 2020
West Building, Main Floor

Andrea del Verrocchio, Putto Poised on a Globe, c. 1480, unbaked clay, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Andrew W. Mellon Collection

Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence is the first-ever monographic exhibition in the United States on Andrea del Verrocchio (c. 1435–1488), the innovative artist, painter, sculptor, and teacher whose pupils included Leonardo da Vinci, Pietro Perugino, and likely Sandro Botticelli as well. The exhibition examines the wealth and breadth of Verrocchio's extraordinary artistry by bringing together some 50 of his masterpieces in painting, sculpture, and drawing that allow viewers to appreciate how his work in each art form stimulated creativity in the others. Groundbreaking technical research explores Verrocchio's materials and techniques, offering revelations about his artistic choices. Several carefully argued new attributions in different media are proposed in the exhibition. The National Gallery of Art is the sole American venue for the exhibition. A fully illustrated catalog will accompany the landmark exhibition.

The exhibition is curated by Andrew Butterfield, President of Andrew Butterfield Fine Arts, whose monograph The Sculptures of Andrea del Verrocchio (Yale University Press, 1997) won the prestigious Mitchell prize. Collaborators include Gretchen A. Hirschauer, associate curator of Italian and Spanish painting, and Alison Luchs, curator of early European sculpture—both from the National Gallery of Art, Washington; and Lorenza Melli, curator of the Corpus of Italian Drawings 1300–1500/Rome-Munich-Florence, based at the Kunsthistorisches Institut/Max-Planck Institut, Florence. The exhibition was conceived by the late Eleonora Luciano (1963–2017), associate curator of sculpture and decorative arts, National Gallery of Art, and is dedicated to her memory.

Technical research for the exhibition was realized by Gallery conservators Dylan Smith, Robert H. Smith Research Conservator in the department of object conservation, and Elizabeth Walmsley, senior painting conservator, and Gallery scientist John K. Delaney, senior imaging scientist in the scientific research department.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art in collaboration with the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, and the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence.

Sponsors: Bank of America is the proud lead sponsor of Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence. Generous support has been kindly provided by the Buffy and William Cafritz Family Fund.

Passes: Admission is always free and passes are not required

Other venues: Palazzo Strozzi and Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence, February 21–July 7, 2019

Exhibition Film

Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence
Video, Released: September 15, 2019, (19:15 minutes)

Related Events

Lectures
Introduction to the Exhibition—Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence
November 3 at 2:00
West Building Lecture Hall

Lectures

Verrocchio’s Medici Tombs: New Observations and Technical Analysis
December 10 at 12:10 and 1:10
West Building Lecture Hall

Lectures
Some Notes on Andrea del Verrocchio and a Forgotten Attribution
January 6 at 12:10 and 1:10
West Building Lecture Hall

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In the Library: Verrocchio, Connoisseurship, and the Photographs of Clarence Kennedy
September 16, 2019 – January 10, 2020
East Building, Ground Floor, Study Center

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Audio and Video

Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence
Video, Released: September 15, 2019, (19:15 minutes)
Press Event: Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence
Audio, Released: September 10, 2019, (30:26 minutes)